It looks like this may turn out to be a really hot summer! It will actually be getting up in the 90’s where I live in the next few days–yikes!. When the weather gets that hot, I crave something cool and refreshing…like this Mango-Orange Smoothie! It’s surprisingly thick and Continue reading
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope you are enjoying your morning! It’s a beautiful, sunny, blue-sky day where I live and I hope you’re having great weather too! This spring-like day is the perfect day for a smoothie, don’t you think? Continue reading
I learned about a new beverage this week: the Lassi. Actually, it’s just new to me, because it’s a traditional beverage from India and I’m sure it’s been around a long time! A Lassi is Continue reading
When hot weather comes around, I usually crave watermelon. It’s so refreshing and it’s good for you too. And I discovered that watermelon is also great for making flavored water! Combining chunks of juicy watermelon with fresh mint and tart limes makes a great-tasting summery drink! You just have to plan ahead a little, since you need to chill the mixture for 1 to 2 hours before drinking.
I buy watermelon regularly throughout the summer and I grow my own mint in a large pot, so I had everything I needed to make this except for the limes. You can make it without limes, but I like the refreshing zing they add to the mix!
WATERMELON-MINT-LIME WATER by NancyC
Makes 1 large pitcher
- 3 cups cubed watermelon chunks (cut in 1/2″ size cubes)
- 4 sprigs of mint (a sprig is a stem with 6 to 8 leaves), lightly crushed or rubbed (to release flavor and scent)
- 2 limes, thinly sliced (use organic limes or wash limes very well!)
- 7 to 8 cups of water
- 2 to 3 cups of ice
Add cubed watermelon, mint sprigs, and sliced limes to pitcher, then add water and ice. Chill for 1 to 2 hours to infuse flavors, then serve, pouring into ice-filled glasses. Tastes best the day it’s made.
It definitely does taste best the day it’s made, but you can finish drinking this flavored water up by the second day if you have any left over. It really is refreshing and more fun to drink than plain water! What do you like to add to your water?
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For me, summer is smoothie weather and I love having them for breakfast! It’s always fun trying out different flavors. Strawberries, kiwifruit, and bananas are a great combination, and this smoothie uses frozen banana slices to help thicken it and make it creamy. This smoothie is good and easy to make. And using a slice of kiwifruit as a garnish adds a nice colorful touch! Try this out for breakfast or for a healthy afternoon snack.
STRAWBERRY-KIWI-BANANA SMOOTHIE by NancyC
Makes about 2 cups
1 medium size banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
- 1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (or substitute a dairy-free yogurt)
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup milk (you can use low-fat, soy, or almond milk)
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground flaxseed
- Optional: a slice of kiwifruit for garnish
Add frozen banana slices, fresh strawberry slices, kiwifruit slices, yogurt, honey, milk, and flaxseed, if using, into a blender. Blend mixture for 1 minute or until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass, add a slice of kiwifruit as a garnish, and enjoy!
This smoothie is a real treat and it’s nice that it’s healthy, too! I love making things with fresh fruit–especially strawberries! Are you a fan of strawberries, too?
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